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Today's Death Notices

Anna E. Kingsbury, 90, of Sherburne

Robert J. (bob) Sobers, of North Norwich

Justin Wood, 31, of Norwich

Last Week's Obituaries

Noreen (stever) West

Published on: Friday, December 12, 2014


NORWICH – Noreen (Stever) West, 61, of Norwich passed away peacefully on December 8, 2014 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with her family by her side.

Noreen was born on March 3, 1953, daughter of the late Charles and Nora (Riley) Stever in Weekhawken, NJ. She graduated from Palisades Park High School and earned her Associates Degree from SUNY Morrisville. Many will remember Noreen from the years she spent working at the A&P in Norwich, and later NBT Bank in the loan department.

Noreen was a kind and loving mother and grandmother. Noreen was feisty and spirited. Those who knew and loved her will remember how her wonderful sense of humor and special quirks, always made them laugh. She will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.

Noreen is survived by her children, Walter Crist of Queens, Analesa West of Norwich, Marissa West of Norwich and Deirdre Crist of Oneonta, her sister and brother-in- law, Beverly and Harold Common of Moravia, brother Charles Stever and grandchildren Cody Travis of Oneonta and Norah Riley Crist of Oneonta.

Friends are invited to bring a dish to share and join us, for a Memorial Celebration in honor of Noreen, on Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 3 to 6 p.m at the Plymouth Fire Department.

Memorial Contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services,

P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202, or by visiting

Cora I. Johnson

Published on: Friday, December 12, 2014


COLUMBUS – Cora I. Johnson, 100 yrs. old of the Town of Columbus, NY passed away on December 7, 2014 at her home.

Cora was born on September 12, 1914 in the Town of Columbus, the daughter of Bouton & Myrtle (Chesebro) Whitney. Her childhood was spent in the Columbus area. She was a 1932 graduate of Sherburne High School. On January 23, 1937, she married Robert Johnson who predeceased her in 1989.

Cora enjoyed baking and made many wedding cakes for friends and family.

She is survived by her daughter; Eileen Johnson of the Town of Columbus, her grandchildren; Michael Johnson of Pittsfield, NY, Pat & Rachel Johnson of New Berlin, NY and Willy & Jennifer Kapp of Pittsfield, NY as well as her great grandchildren; Brock, Taylor, Kora & Kerri Johnson and Brenden & Kennedy Kapp.

She was predeceased by one son; Donald B. Johnson on February 5, 2011, three brothers Robert, Charles & Ted Whitney, and one sister Inez Benson.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

The interment will be in the Columbus Corners Cemetery, Town of Columbus, NY.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St. Norwich, NY 13815.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements are by the Dakin Funeral Home LP.

Robert (butch) Crandall

Published on: Monday, December 15, 2014


NORWICH – Robert (Butch) Crandall, 70, of Norwich, passed away Wednesday morning, December 10, 2014 at his home with family by his side.

Butch was born on June 19, 1944 in Rome, NY the son of Leon and Ethel LaQuay Crandall. He lived with his family for a brief period of time in Utica before moving to Norwich where he attended the Norwich schools. Butch has been employed by Lancaster Developement for over 40 years as a heavy equipment operator. Highly respected within the company for his abilities Butch has been involved with many road and bridge construction projects. He retired from Lancaster in 2006.

Butch was a family oriented man who loved the beach and spent many good times in Daytona Beach. Always a gentleman, Butch was a friendly, pleasant guy and was a hard worker all of his life. He enjoyed car shows, motocross and could often be found attending these events. Butch will be best remembered for his “Big Red Truck” a 1967 Ford which he truly enjoyed.

On June 7, 1985 in Norwich he married Deborah Hubbard who survives. Besides his wife Deborah of Norwich, Butch his survived by his children Pamela Nelson and husband Micah of Smyrna, Susan Bigford and husband Herb of Sherburne, Paisley Crandall of Vernon, Brent Potter of Poughkeepsie, his sister Sharon Crandall of Preston, step-sister Emily Testa of Utica and his brothers Edwin (Cork) Crandall and wife Claudine of TN, Richard Crandall of TN and William (Buster) Crandall and wife Donna of Norwich. Also surviving are his grandchildren Brock Hoag, Austin Crandall, Dylan Angle, Tyler Bigford, Drew Nelson and Lauren Dolan Potter, his sister-in-law Nancy Crandall of Whitney Point, his best friend Eddie Baxter along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Butch was predecesed by his sister and brother-in-law Beverly and Larry Stone, his brothers Harold (Mike) Crandall, Daniel Crandall and sister-in-law Dorothy Crandall.

At Butch’s request there will be no funeral services or calling hours.

Please consider memorial contributions in Butch’s memory to Hospice & Palliative Care of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.

Mildred Baker

Published on: Monday, December 15, 2014


MT. UPTON – Mildred Baker 87 of Mt. Upton passed away peacefully, Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

She was born August 31, 1927, daughter of the late Frank and Merti (Curtis) Gage in Norwich.

Millie married Gerald Baker on March 2, 1942 in Oneonta, NY. He predeceased her on January 23, 1988.

Together they made a home in Mt. Upton and raised 7 children. Millie was a member of the Unadilla Valley Historical Society and a past trustee of the United Methodist Church in Mt. Upton.

She enjoyed sewing and making crafts and loved to spend time with her family and friends.

Millie is survived by: 2 Daughters – Patricia Kukulech, New Berlin

Tess and Richard Edgett, Sidney; 3 Sons – Gerald and Rosa Baker, FL, Don and Diane Baker, Mt. Upton, and Jim and Alice Baker, Mt. Upton; And good friend, Mary Beckwith of New Berlin; Several Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and Great, Great Grandchildren; Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

Millie was also predeceased by 2 Sons, Robert and Steven, Brother, Louis Gage and Sister, Bessie Gage.

Friends may call Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel 21 Main St. Sidney. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 18, at 11:00 AM in the Funeral Chapel.

Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery in Mt. Upton at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the United Methodist Church of Mt. Upton PO Box 199 Mt. Upton, NY 13809

Condolences and memories may be shared online at

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel Sidney.

John M. Rawluk, Jr.

Published on: Monday, December 15, 2014


McDONOUGH – John M. Rawluk, Jr., 64, of McDonough, passed away unexpectedly on December 11, 2014 at Cortland Regional Medical Center.

Born April 19, 1950, in Jersey City, NJ, John was the son of John Michael and Mariantonia (Girardi) Rawluk, each of whom predeceased John. He graduated from South River High School, in South River, NJ, with the Class of 1968. For 31 years he worked as a plumber and pipefitter with the Local 9 Pipefitters of Englishtown, NJ.

On October 26, 1990, in Jamesburg, NJ, John married his wife of 24 years, Michaela (Kirwin) Rawluk, who survives. After retiring, John and his wife relocated in 2001 to their beloved country home, in McDonough. In retirement, John found joy in tinkering, and being a handyman for his family, neighbors and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors, caring for his animals, and, in particular, riding on his Harley Davidson Tri-Glide. Most of all, John was a devoted and loving spouse, father, godfather, grandfather and, just recently, great-grandfather.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his children John M. Rawluk III, and his wife, Allyson, of Doylestown, PA, Katie Mae and Kristin Rawluk, both of McDonough, and Katherine DeMartino, and her husband, John, of Little Egg Harbor, NJ; grandchildren Samantha, Nicholas, Avery and Parker; and great-granddaughter, Emma. He is also survived by his sister Maryann Bowker, and her husband, William, of Myrtle Beach, SC, and several nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his sister, Stephanie Rawluk, and son, Robert Sova.

Funeral services for John will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at the Wilson Funeral Home. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Burial will take place following the Wednesday service at Wayside Rest Cemetery, State Highway 23, Pharsalia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to the Cincinnatus Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 427, Cincinnatus, NY 13040.

To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at:

Mary Virginia Owens

Published on: Monday, December 15, 2014


BUTLER, PA – Mary Virginia Owens, 82, of Butler, Pennsylvania, passed away on December 12, 2014 at 2:25 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot, PA.

She was born August 20, 1932 in Norwich, New York to the late James A. Haynes and Grace E. (Transue) Haynes.

Mrs. Owens was a 1950 graduate of Norwich High School, Norwich, NY, then went on to Albany Business College, earning an Executive Secretarial degree. Prior to her marriage, she worked as a secretary to the president of Bennett-Ireland, Inc. in Norwich, NY. Most recently, she worked as a secretary at the YWCA in Butler, PA for many years, from where she retired. Mrs. Owens was a member of St. Peter's Anglican Church, Intermediate League of Butler, Butler Hospital Auxiliary and Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, playing Bridge, traveling and her grandchildren.

Mrs. Owens is survived by one son, Joseph P. Owens, Jr. of Butler, PA; two daughters, Sarah O. Jones and her husband Barry of Media, PA and Elizabeth A. Hannum and her husband Elliott A. Jr. of Richboro, PA; two grandchildren, Jack E. Hannum and Meghan E. Hannum; one brother, James A. Haynes of Utica, NY; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J. Paul Owens, whom she married August 21, 1955, and who passed away January 11, 2010; four sisters, Ellen Blenis, Alice Hauer, Grace Hendricks and Carolyn Zaharis; and her step-mother, Janet Haynes.

There will be no public visitation.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Peter's Anglican Church, 218 East Jefferson Street, Butler, PA, with Rev. Andrew DeFusco officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by the Thompson - Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street, Butler, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090, Butler Public Library, 218 N. McKean Street, Butler, PA 16001 or St. Peter's Anglican Church, 218 E. Jefferson Street, Butler, PA 16001.

Online condolences can be given at

Eleanor Johnson Abildness

Published on: Tuesday, December 16, 2014


ANNVILLE, PA – Eleanor Johnson Abildness, age 88, was called to Heaven after a long illness on Dec. 9, 2014 in Annville, PA. Elly is survived by children: James E. Abildness (Abby), Hummelstown, PA; Linda A. Thompson (W. Lawrence), West Sand Lake, NY; Jeffrey M. Abildness (Penney), Apalachin, NY; Susan A. Watts, Palmyra, PA. She leaves three brothers: C. Roy (Elsie), Stanley (Margie), & Kenneth Johnson – Guilford, NY; also 11 beloved grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, & 2 on the way.

Elly was born on Staten Island, NY, to Norwegian immigrant parents Carl and Julie (Tellefsen) Johnson. She graduated with honors from Port Richmond High, attended Wagner College, and worked in Manhattan before her May 1949 marriage to Edward H. Abildness, who pre-deceased her in 2006. They moved to upstate NY to raise their family in Norwich, NY. Elly was a great homemaker and a loving mother, wife, and friend. She and Ed lived their retirement years at Lake Monticello, VA, until he died. Elly was then moved to PA. Her deep faith in Christ was born out in a lifetime of service to others directly and through The Church. Her prayers sustained many.

A memorial service will be scheduled at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Norwich, NY. The family thanks the staff at Country Meadows, Hershey, and Countryside Christian Community, Annville, for their tender loving care. Donations may be sent to The Alzheimer’s Assoc., NE Chapter, PO Box 96011, Wash, DC 20090-6011.

Glenn Mitchell Race

Published on: Tuesday, December 16, 2014


MODESTO, CA – Glenn Mitchell Race passed away October 24, 2014 at his home in Modesto, CA. He was born on August 2, 1953 in Oxford, the oldest son of Hubert E. Race and Beverly Nichols Race.

He leaves behind his mother Beverly Race Struglia; his daughter Kaylea (Jonathon Nixon, sister Kimberlea (Peter) VanderWoude, brother Jeff (Virginia) Race and niece, Kellea (Daniel) Russell, and nephews, Geoffrey and Nigel VanderWoude, Jason (Celeste) Race, and Tejae (Jennifer) Race. Several grand-nieces and grand-nephews and a large extended family. He was predeceased by his father, Hubert Edward Race; his loving step-father Caesar Struglia, and his brother Hubert Edward Race, Jr. (Hebe).

Mitch graduated from Oxford Academy and Central School in 1971 and Onondaga Community College in 1973. He was a loving father, son, brother, mentor and good friend to everyone he met. He lived each day with the goal to leave the work he did, and the people he touched, better than he found them. Mitch was a real estate guru. He began his 42 year-long career in real estate Syracuse, NY in 1972 and after moving to Modest, CA in 1988, continued his work as a broker, manager, and real estate coach. He made everyone around him feel like the most important person in the room. He empowered them to truly believe they could accomplish anything they set out to do and then helped them find the tools to make it happen. Aside from his true joy of going to work each day to make a difference in the real estate community, he was a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, loved watching Syracuse University basketball, and was a voracious reader. He will be greatly missed, but the lessons he taught us, and the kindness he shared, will never be forgotten.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the United Church of Oxford, 21 Main St., Oxford, NY at 11:00 AM with Rev. Allen C. Lang officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oxford Academy and Central School or the United Church of Oxford. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting

Albert James (jim) Armondi Jr

Published on: Tuesday, December 16, 2014


NORWICH – Albert James (Jim) Armondi Jr., 66, of Boerne, Texas, formerly of Norwich, NY passed away on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

Jim was born on March 28, 1948 in Norwich. He was the son of Albert James Armondi Sr. and Grace Mae (Cook) Armondi.

Jim graduated from Norwich High School.

Jim is survived by three daughters: Tina Owens, Teresa Hill, and Tracey Armondi; three sons: Anthony Armondi, Agusta Armondi Escareno, and Allen Armondi; ten grandchildren, and one sister, Alma Jean Ingraham and her husband Donald. Also many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and cousins, and an uncle Ralph Cook of Marion, Ohio.

He was predeceased by his wife and parents.

Dale L. Fletcher

Published on: Wednesday, December 17, 2014


BAINBRIDGE – Dale Lee Fletcher, 66 of Bainbridge, passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014 in Norwich, NY. Dale, also known as Santa by many who loved him, was born on Christmas day in 1947 at the Conamore Nursing Home in Bainbridge, NY. He graduated from Afton High School in 1966 after attending grade school at the one-room schoolhouse in Coventryville. He earned a bachelor equivalent in Engineering while in the Navy, for which he served from 1966-1973. During his Navy service, he spent considerable time in Antarctica, specializing in electronics, pneumatics, and nuclear reactor control and design. He also worked at Insterlab, working with the National Bureau of Standards in Dayton, Ohio, as well as NYSEG in Oneonta until retirement in 2010. During his five years of retirement, he travelled the country extensively with his wife and cat, living full-time in an RV fondly referred to as “the yurt.”

Dale loved playing Santa, very much looking the part, especially on his birthday – Christmas day. He loved his family very much and he never met a stranger. He was known for his sense of humor, strong hugs, love of travel, and his tendency to string stories together like nobody else.

He is survived by: his wife Ethel Forward; two daughters: Nicole Richie (husband Michael) of London, OH and Michele Dishun (husband Tim) of Franklin, OH; two stepdaughters, Mary Putman (husband Rob) of Johnstown, NY and Nicole O-Pries (partner Lindsey) of Richmond, VA; four siblings: Harvey Fletcher (wife Judy), Emma Srinsky, Dennis Fletcher (wife Linda) and Norman Fletcher (wife Dede); grandchildren: Jessica Wilson, Lane Back, Hannah Putman, Kyla Dishun and Tyler Dishun; great grandson, Gabriel Gilliland and many beloved nieces and nephews

Dale was predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Helen (Mitchel) Fletcher and his brother-in-law, Michael Srinsky.

Friends may call Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 1-3 p.m. at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel 21 Main St. Sidney; a memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral chapel with Rev. Joyce Besemer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Dale's memory may be directed to the First Congregational Church UCC, 113 County Road 27 Bainbridge, NY 13733 or to Hospice & Palliative Care of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St. Norwich, NY 13815.

Condolences and memories may be shared online at

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel Sidney.

Theresa (montesanti) Alessi

Published on: Thursday, December 18, 2014


NEW HARTFORD – Mrs. Theresa (Montesanti) Alessi, 93, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 15, 2014, at the Magnolia House of the Charles T. Sitrin HCC.

Theresa was born in Utica on September 18, 1921, a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Bonanza) Montesanti. She was educated in local schools and a 1939 graduate of T.R. Proctor High School. On October 28, 1950, at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church, Theresa was joined in marriage to Anthony Alessi of Norwich. The couple shared a very loving marriage of over fifty-five years living in Norwich throughout their marriage. Anthony passed away on March 13, 2005.

Before her marriage, Theresa worked at S.S. Kresge in Utica for ten years; while living in Norwich, she was employed at the Victory Markets for over thirty-four years. She was a longtime volunteer at Chenango Memorial Hospital, the American Cancer Society, the Red Cross Office, Valley View Manor Nursing Home, and Perry Browne School in Norwich. She was a member of St. Bartholomew’s Church, its Rosary Society and Ladies of Charity; she was also a member of the Mt. Carmel Society at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel in Utica.

A loving and kind woman with a wonderful smile, Theresa leaves her beloved brother, Philip Montesanti; and her many beloved first cousins, Nicholas and Joan LaBella, Dominick and Kathleen Timpano, Marie Bifano, Edward and Marie Cichello, Elaine and Michael Elefante, Carmelita Syrotynski, Carrie Bonanza, Jean and George Albright, and Ronald Bonanza; also many beloved second and third generation cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Mass of Christian Burial which will be held on Friday at 12 Noon at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish, 648 Jay St., in Utica, NY. The family will receive visitors prior to mass from 11 a.m. until Noon. Entombment will be in Calvary Mausoleum.

The family would like to offer their gratitude to the staff of the Magnolia House for their loving care of Theresa during her stay there. Arrangements are with The Matt Funeral Home of Utica.

Online Memorials at

Lawrence R. Meyers

Published on: Friday, December 19, 2014


OTSELIC – Lawrence R. Meyers, 72 of Otselic, passed away Tuesday, December 16 at his home.

Lawrence was born in New York City and retired as a self employed plumber.

Surviving are his wife, Joanne of Otselic; daughter, Karyn (Benjamin) Kanzer of Bainbridge; sons David (Shelly) Griffin of Cicero and Daniel (Linda) Griffin of South Carolina along with 13 grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Barbara.

Per Lawarence's wishes, there will be services or calling hours.

Smith Funeral Home of DeRuyter has made arrangements.

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